UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Framing Structural Transformation in South Africa and Beyond

Andreoni, A; Mondliwa, P; Roberts, S; Tregenna, F; (2021) Framing Structural Transformation in South Africa and Beyond. In: Structural Transformation in South Africa: The Challenges of Inclusive Industrial Development in a Middle-Income Country. (pp. 1-27). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

[thumbnail of Andreoni_Framing structural transformation in South Africa and beyond_VoR_chapter.pdf]
Preview
Text
Andreoni_Framing structural transformation in South Africa and beyond_VoR_chapter.pdf - Published Version

Download (973kB) | Preview

Abstract

Structural transformation is a complex, long-term historical process entailing both structural change in the sectoral composition of an economy, as well as broader societal changes in the productive organizations, institutions, and political economy of a country. With a focus on South Africa as a middle-income country, this chapter advances a holistic and integrated perspective on the nature and dynamics of structural transformation and highlights a specific set of interlocking critical factors and dimensions. These are: the processes of learning and productive capabilities development and accumulation; technological change—digitalization, specifically—and its relationship with sustainability; power dynamics along global value chains (GVCs) and their relation to inequality; and finally, the political economy of development and the role of the state. Over the course of its democratic history, since 1994, South Africa has not undergone sustained and thoroughgoing structural transformation. Despite some areas of partial success, there has been premature deindustrialization, lack of sufficient development of the local production system alongside integration into GVCs, and persistent cross-cutting challenges of inclusiveness and sustainability. Here it is argued that the holistic and integrated framework developed by the authors can help in developing a policy approach towards effective and feasible packages of industrial policies for structural transformation.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Framing Structural Transformation in South Africa and Beyond
ISBN-13: 9780192894311
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780192894311.003.0001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780192894311.003.0001
Language: English
Additional information: © Oxford University Press 2021. This is an open access publication, available online and distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial – No Derivatives 4.0International licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: structural transformation, South Africa, productive capabilities, global value chains, technological change, political economy, role of the state
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Inst for Innovation and Public Purpose
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10135268
Downloads since deposit
46Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item